New Jersey contractors cited by OSHA for safety violations, fined more than $460,000

Posted by Gary on June 27, 2012 under Construction Safety Gear, Occupational Safety products | Be the First to Comment

Proper safety equipment for employees working in high elevations is important to maintain occupational health at construction worksites.
Proper safety equipment for employees working in high elevations is important to maintain occupational health at construction worksites.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced on June 25 that four New Jersey-based construction contractors were cited for alleged safety hazards at a construction site in Jersey City. In addition to the infractions, Altura Concrete Inc., Nathil Corp., White Diamonds Properties LLC and Blade Contracting Inc. were issued fines totalling $463,350.

Altura Concrete and Nathil Corp. were responsible for the foundation and structure of the worksite. According to the OSHA, the contractors failed to protect employees from falling hazards stemming from openings on multiple floors of the building. Other implications referenced by the safety agency include the failure to issue protective clothing, ensure that building materials were properly stored and maintained, identify potentially dangerous holes and openings in the superstructure and properly log injuries in the company's OSHA 300 log.

White Diamonds Properties received violation notices for several problems, including the incorrect storage of compressed gas canisters and failure to place plans for shoring/reshoring at the worksite. Blade Contracting, which handled the masonry work on the projected, was accused of neglecting to inspect scaffolding parts for potential deficiencies.

"A project of this magnitude clearly needs an aggressive injury and illness prevention plan in place to prevent falls and other hazards," Robert Kulick, OSHA's New York regional administrator, said in the safety agency's press release. "When management and workers together proactively identify and eliminate hazardous conditions, workers are better protected."

This incident highlights the need for appropriate safeguards for employees of industrial firms. Companies should take steps to provide equipment like fall protection gear for those working in elevated environments. Potential danger spots on a worksite are easily identified through the use of safety signs. By making an effort, contracting firms can avoid these kinds of penalties and focus on delivering quality service.

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